Relationship between mental health and marital satisfaction


avatar Abdolsattar Shahi 1 , * , avatar Ibrahim Ghaffari 1 , avatar Khalil Ghasemi 2

1 Social Deputy, Behzisti Organization, Golestan Province, Gorgan, Iran

2 Dept. of Psychology, School of Psychology, Esfahan University, Esfahan, Iran

How to Cite: Shahi A, Ghaffari I, Ghasemi K. Relationship between mental health and marital satisfaction. J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2011;15(2):e79378.


Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 15 (2); e79378
Published Online: July 19, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: March 25, 2010
Accepted: July 20, 2010


Background: Marital satisfaction is an important component of the marriage. Mental health as a component of the personal characteristic also related with marital satisfaction. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between mental health and marital satisfaction of couples.

Methods: Three hundred couples from high-risk area of Gorgan – North of Iran were selected. Association between men's and women’s mental health level was measured using General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ-28). Marital satisfaction measured by Enrich Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire among married couples. Data was analyzed using multiple regression and analysis of variance modelling.

Results: Results indicated that marital satisfaction was predicted by the person’s mental health level. Findings also showed that depression and anxiety were significantly associated with marital satisfaction. 52.5% of studied individuals had mental disorders at the clinical level (p≤0/05). Marital satisfaction in this population was 51.7%.

Conclusions: The study confirmed that mental health is an important predictor of marital satisfaction. Improving mental health may lead to improve marital satisfaction.



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